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Discipline Chair - Surgery

Central Michigan University, College of Medicine
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Commensurate with Experience
Closing date
Dec 8, 2021
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The CMU College of Medicine is seeking a Discipline Chair of Surgery.  The Discipline Chair of Surgery reports to the Dean of the College of Medicine (CMED). The Chair is expected to exhibit refined leadership and mentoring ability, excellent communication skills, and lead the development and enhancement of educational and research activities in accordance with the vision of CMED and CMU Medical Education Partners (CMEP). The Chair will work with operations leadership of CMEP to optimally deliver clinical services within the discipline.

The Chair will create a positive work environment and serve as a role model for effective communication. The Chair will establish a system to ensure timely transmittal of information to all discipline faculty and serves as a liaison between administration and faculty. The Chair needs to understand local and national health care forces that may impact or shape the discipline.

The Chair is responsible for productively interacting with administration, participating in advancement opportunities, and ensuring compliance with all internal policies and procedures. The Chair is responsible for ensuring regular discipline meetings, summarizing discipline activities as requested, and representing the discipline as requested with clinical partners and other affiliates.

The Chair is expected to engage in outpatient and/or inpatient clinical work at affiliated hospitals and participate in developing the practice plan of CMEP.

Additional duties and responsibilities are outlined in the Chair position description and will be provided upon request.


  • M.D. or D.O.
  • Eligibility for associate professor rank or higher
  • Certification by an American Board of Medical Specialties or American Osteopathic Association recognized clinical specialty. Surgical disciplines refer to the procedural-oriented specialties such as General Surgery, Ob/Gyn and Emergency Medicine
  • Licensure or eligibility for licensure in the state of Michigan
  • Established credentials and experience in clinical practice, medical education, leadership, and research
  • Strong collaborative and communication skills
  • Strong commitment to innovative approaches to education and learning
  • Experience with independent design and conduct of research in relevant academic and/or clinical domains
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. 


Previous work at a medical school or teaching health system with medical students and residents.

Familiarity with LCME and ACGME accreditation standards.

About CMU College of Medicine: The CMU College of Medicine welcomed its inaugural class in the summer of 2013. The innovative medical school curriculum is designed to prepare students for practice in mid- to northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, with particular attention to primary care needs and support of the underserved populations, consistent with the mission of the institution. The program is housed in a new facility with advanced technology for teaching. For more information, visit College’s website.

About CMU

Founded more than 125 years ago to meet Michigan’s need for teachers and business leaders, Central Michigan University prepares students to become leaders and changemakers in their personal and professional lives.

We serve nearly 22,000 students on our Mount Pleasant campus, in satellite locations around the state and throughout the country, and through flexible online programs. We offer approximately 300 academic programs at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels — many of which are nationally ranked for excellence.

CMU leads the nation in leadership development programming through our Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, and we are proud to be among only 5 percent of U.S. universities in the top two Carnegie research classifications. Our faculty work with students at the graduate and undergraduate levels in areas such as Great Lakes research, medical innovation, engineering technology and more.

Central is home to 18 men’s and women’s Division 1 sports including football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, wrestling and more. Our student-athletes are achieving great success in competition and in the classroom, capturing titles in Mid-American Conference championships and maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.2.

CMU is located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, a community that blends the best of small-town living with big-city amenities. Residents enjoy the mix of outdoor activities, cultural events, shopping and dining options, and family attractions. The city is a short drive from other major Michigan destinations including Grand Rapids and Detroit, wineries, beaches, golf and ski resorts, and more.

CMU employees enjoy access to a nationally recognized wellness program as well as health care and benefits that exceed regional, state, and national norms.

To Apply:  CMU CMED encourages applicants from historically underrepresented populations, veterans, women, and other minority groups to apply. Applications must be submitted on-line at: Keyword College of Medicine. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until filled. Electronically attach a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research/scholarly interest, and a list of three professional references, including phone numbers and email addresses. Questions can be directed to Georgette Russell,


CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community. CMU does not discriminate against persons based on age, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religion, sex, sex‐based stereotypes, sexual orientation, transgender status, veteran status, or weight (see  If you wish to see “EEO is the Law” posters, please click here.

CMU does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, including admission and employment, and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 not to discriminate in such a matter.  Inquiries about the application of Title IX can be made to CMU’s Title IX Coordinator, the US Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary, or both.

CMU’s Title IX Coordinator can be reached at:
Phone: 989-774-3253
Office: 103 E. Preston St.
Bovee University Center, suite 306
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

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